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Materials Related to Break dancing
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The Music District - Teaching Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Teaching guide to accompany an excerpt of the film “The Music District,” created by filmmaker Susan Levitas in 1996. Nine minutes of the 56-minute film are chosen as a focus for the teaching guide. This excerpt profiles the "Junk Yard Band," a Go-Go group who explain and perform a pop music genre popular among African American youth in Washington, D.C. As Go-Go bands became popular in D.C. clubs and communities in the 1980s and 1990s, young people started break dancing contests and developed a distinctive musical style combining call-and-response lyrics with funk, jazz, rhythm and blues, and popular music. The discussion guide and film explore the topics of African American popular music and dance found in a vibrant urban youth culture noted for its creativity and improvisation. The entire film is also available as streaming video on folkstreams.net.
|Grade Level: 9-12
||Curriculum: Art and Culture; History and Social Studies; Performing Arts; Music; Language Arts
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Video recordings; Primary sources; Activities
|Subjects: Community life; Ethnic neighborhoods; Dance; Break dancing; Rap (Music); Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs; Educational films; Urban folklore; Popular music; African American youth; Music; Ethnographic films; Go-go (Music)
Geographic locations: Washington (D.C.)